The biggest College Football Hall of Fame snubs
MAY 22, 2014 6:03p ET
Former Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas and TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson headlined the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class, but not everybody made the cut. Players must be first-team All-Americans, be nominated by their schools and 10 years removed from playing college football
Here are a few notable omissions from this year's class:
Ricky Williams, RB, Texas: Williams is one of the greatest running backs in college football history, and held the career rushing title at the end of his career in 1998, with 6,592 yards and 75 touchdowns. As a senior, he rushed for 2,327 and 29 scores on the way to the Heisman Trophy. Players' post-career exploits are factored into their selection, and Williams' consistent drug use hasn't helped him earn the necessary votes. Also, even though he was on the ballot this year, he wasn't eligible for selection because Texas had a player selected in last year's class.
Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska: Crouch finished his career as the career leader in total offense for one of college football's most storied programs. He's one of three quarterbacks to ever run for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards and in 2001, he won the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Trophy and Walter Camp Award while leading the Huskers to the national title game. He was 35-7 all-time as starting quarterback.
Eric Dickerson, RB, SMU: Dickerson was one half of SMU's famed "Pony Express" in the late 80s and topped 3,000 yards with 36 touchdowns in his final two seasons in Dallas. However, he also helped the Mustangs earn the death penalty in part thanks to his famed gold Camaro. Any player associated with one of the most infamous NCAA scandals ever faces an uphill battle to being elected into the hall.
Brian Bosworth, LB, Oklahoma: The Boz was one of the biggest personalities in college football history, but his flashy, opinionated style got him in trouble from time to time, too. Not being able to back up his big words in the NFL didn't help him, either. He also commonly referred to the NCAA as "National Communists Against Athletes." He wore a shirt with the derogatory phrase on the sidelines of the 1987 Orange Bowl--he was banned from the game for steroid use, by the way--and earned the boot from coach Barry Switzer. He's the only two-time winner of the Butkus Award as the game's best linebacker, but like Dickerson, scandal may forever keep him out of the hall.
Troy Davis, RB, Iowa State: Davis was overlooked when he played the game, so why wouldn't he be overlooked now? He was the first player to ever rush for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons and was a Heisman finalist in both seasons, finishing second in 1996. The biggest problem? ISU won five games over that two-year span.